by Shelt Garner
The more I think about it, the more the case could be made that I shift my attention to a book that would be the beginning of a trilogy instead of the fourth book in a six book project.
At the same time, I really like what I have planned and it’s a lot of fun to imagine writing six novels so one gets to actually see why this place I’ve thought up is so fucked up. The stories I’ve come up with are so compelling and interesting to ME, at least, that I’m willing risk it.
I’m the one doing all the hard work, afterall.
But I have decided that I need to maybe throw a lot more at the first novel if I’m going to make it a calling card that’s popular enough that people want to read the rest of the books. As such, I need to maybe answer a few of the bigger questions in the first book then just made the other books so compelling based on characters as opposed to lingering questions that aren’t answered.
So, because I don’t have a wife or a girlfriend to tell me “no,” I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. But I have to accept that there is a very real possibility that I’ll do all this hard work and, in the end, won’t even sell the first book, much less start two trilogies.
But it will be worth it. I really believe in this first novel and believe in this massive, overwhelming novel writing project. That was the whole point of this from the beginning — to overwhelm myself creatively so I wouldn’t feel sorry for myself.